AUGUSTA, Maine — Commissioner Roland “Danny” Martin announced Friday that John Boland is being promoted to director of the Bureau of Resource Management.
Boland, director of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Fisheries Division for more than eight years and recently acting director of the Bureau of Resource Management, was selected for this position after interviewing with a selection committee. Twelve candidates applied for the position, and five were inter-viewed.
Martin said the new leader of the bureau needed to have strong communication skills, a solid scientific background and the ability to lead and manage employees with diverse backgrounds.
“During his eight-year tenure as director of our fisheries division, John has proven that he can move us forward in the right direction, and has the ability to establish strong working relationships with our constituents, our anglers and hunters, and organizations that enjoy Maine’s natural resources,” Martin said. “He’s well-respected within the department and understands the goals of our resource management plans. Through solid partnerships with our employees and others, John will help advance the department’s objectives for the betterment of Maine’s residents, its visitors and its economy.”
As bureau director, Boland will manage 120 employees, a $14 million budget and all projects and initiatives related to wildlife and freshwater fish management. He also will build on relationships with counterparts at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as well as nongovernment outdoor advocacy groups.
Boland, a 33-year employee of the DIF&W, said he welcomes the opportunity to lead the Bureau of Resource Management.
“I’m proud that our department has excelled at protecting Maine’s fish and wildlife resources and their habitats, while greatly expanding hunting and fishing opportunities for outdoor recreationalists,” he said. “The role of the bureau director is to ensure that our high standards for managing resources are continued so that our children and theirs can enjoy Maine’s outdoors the same way we do today. That is my goal.”
Boland is a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono, with a degree in wildlife management. He began his career at DIF&W as a fish culturist at the Dry Mills Fish Hatchery in Gray. He’s also been an assistant regional fisheries biologist in the Penobscot and Sebago regions, and a regional fisheries biologist in the Sebago region.
In 2003, Boland was named director of Operations, Fisheries Division, a position he held until he was asked to service as acting director of the Bureau of Resource Management, filling the position once held by Kenneth Elowe.
In 2003, Boland received DIF&W’s highest employee honor, the Ken Anderson Award, which recognizes an individual for exemplary service in advancing the department’s mission of preserving and protecting Maine’s outdoor resources.
Boland, a resident of New Gloucester, is an avid fisherman who also enjoys hunting and skiing.
Boland and his wife, Sandy, have two daughters, Lindsay and Alex.